Britain gets set to host its biggest ever one-day race
Britain gets set to host its biggest ever one-day race on 4 August, as the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic brings a world-class field to race in London and Surrey and provides a unique opportunity for UK cycling fans to support their heroes on British roads.
Ranked at the 1.1 level by the UCI, the sport’s governing body, the 140-mile Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic brings the ‘classic’ one-day style of racing back to Britain, echoing memories of the UK’s World Cup rounds of the 1990s and bringing the excitement and drama of a major international one-day race to a new generation.
Not since the 1997 Rochester Classic has Britain hosted such a prestigious single day event, with the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic set to inspire the next generation of cycling talent to take up their wheels and get out on their bikes.
Starting from the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park the route will head away from the heart of the London Olympic Games, passing the world famous backdrop of Canary Wharf as it heads into and through central London on a journey that will eventually take in thirteen of London’s boroughs.
The Prudential RideLondon Classic crosses into Surrey and through the heart of Kingston-upon-Thames, crossing Hampton Court Bridge and along the route used by both the road race and time trial events during the Olympic Games.
An addition to the Olympic route is the climb of Newlands Corner, an outstanding viewpoint over the Surrey countryside and an early challenge for competitors to negotiate.
Next comes Leith Hill, with a circuit allowing for three ascents of the highest point in Surrey that not only showcases the beauty and the splendour of the Surrey Hills but also adds a testing challenge, even steeper than that presented by Box Hill later in the route. The repeated ascents of Leith Hill will ensure that the picturesque climb becomes a focal point for spectators for the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic and a place where action is sure to be guaranteed.
The Olympic route is re-joined in Dorking before the fabled zig-zags take riders up onto Box Hill. In 2013 however riders in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic will only tackle this challenge once, albeit with just 25-miles back to the finish on The Mall afterwards, making it a potential key point in the action.
Back into London and a further variation takes the closing stages of the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic through Merton and a final climb up Wimbledon Hill, then on over Putney Bridge to cross the River Thames for a final time. The race then follows the Embankment all the way alongside the Thames, heading past some of London’s most famous landmarks as it makes its way across Parliament Square and up Whitehall.
The race then swings left through Trafalgar Square, with riders racing under Admiralty Arch to line-up for the finishing sprint along The Mall, this time heading towards Buckingham Palace, with the imposing backdrop of the archway behind them as they head for the line.
The Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic, featuring 25 teams of 6 riders, is sure to be a draw, not only for Britain’s top riders, but also for some of the UCI World Tour’s top teams and riders who will relish the chance to race on such an iconic route, with the spectacular finish in the heart of London awaiting them.
Around the world, events such as Milan San Remo, the Tour of Lombardy or the Tour of Flanders evoke the passion and drama of the one-day classics. Get ready for the explosion of colour and inspiration that only world-class professional cycling can bring to London and Surrey this August.